Car fire closes Gotthard Tunnel
A car fire stopped traffic in the Gotthard Tunnel for three hours yesterday, causing major jams.
A driver who was about a kilometer into the tunnel noticed he was losing power and smelt smoke. He called the police who stopped the traffic and gave him permission to leave his vehicle.
He then noticed flames coming from the engine.
He tackled the blaze with an extinguisher and managed to put the fire out. But damage to tunnel is estimated to be CHF 130,000.